Magazine article Work & Family Life

Happily Ever After.With (or without) Children

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Happily Ever After.With (or without) Children

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Happily ever after...with (or without) children

Most new parents quickly discover that the arrival of a newborn and the subsequent changes in priorities and lifestyles can put a strain on even the best of marriages. Whether or not you resolve every issue, looking at each one as it comes along as a couple-and learning to laugh at your differences-creates closeness, says Carol Lindquist, Ph.D., author of Happily Married with Kids.

Based on years of experience as a therapist and leader of couple workshops, Dr. Lindquist describes stages couples go through and talks about how they can enjoy their children, and each other, at every age and stage.

She discusses differences in male and female expectations, negotiating styles, tips for handling ghosts from the past, the importance of listening skills (see Front Page article) goal-setting in families (her favorite mission statement is "live, learn, love, laugh"), as well as what to do when one parent travels. …

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